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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World is a 2017 book by historian Christopher de Hamel that explores the European medieval world through an in-depth study of 12 illuminated manuscripts. Perhaps most important in discussing this magnificent work is to assure you that the overarching erudition is rendered clearly and with great kindness to you, his companion. When not awed by the sheer scope of his expertise or absorbed by his concerted efforts to decipher script or dissect scripture, we are diverted by his light flourishes and witty evaluations. With meticulous biblio-sleuthing he seeks to divine the hidden ‘character’ of the celebrity documents under his scrutiny. I also appreciated the author’s observations of libraries and places visited to encounter the protagonists, I.

A delight to read and contemplate the deep erudition of the author and his experience with these fantastic manuscripts. As he introduces us to twelve star manuscripts in their sanctuary homes, these complex creations emerge as major players in the great game of ideas and power. An extraordinary and beautifully illustrated exploration of the medieval world through twelve manuscripts, from one of the world’s leading experts. It is even doubtful how anti-Roman Parker’s patron Elizabeth I really was; she was known to keep a crucifix, candles and other crypto-catholic ornaments in her bedside cabinet.Christopher de Hamel has turned a lifelong obsession with ancient literature into a book that critics are comparing to A History of the World in 100 Objects and the wonderful The Hare with Amber Eyes . We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is a captivating examination of twelve illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period. The binding, the layout and the lavish illustration make it a pleasure to handle before you even turn to the content, which perfectly fulfils its promise.

In the course of a long career at Sotheby's Christopher de Hamel probably handled and catalogued more illuminated manuscripts and over a wider range than any person alive. Fascinatingly, the Mediterranean-coloured pictorial squares of the Parker Library manuscript are said to resemble the primitive-looking narrative cycles of religious scenes found in Ethiopia’s orthodox churches. and] details each document’s idiosyncrasies while contextualizing its time and place of creation…De Hamel’s delightful book is bound to inspire a new set of medievalists. In so doing, de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, and collectors. De Hamel is a man of extraordinary erudition and easy charm; his book asks many questions of the past, and invokes many mysteries.

The language is unfussy and untechnical, and really Hamel should do a podcast or audiobook of this because I think it would be fantastic (although viewing the photos of manuscripts is necessary I think).

Very little has changed in religious practice in Ethiopia since about the date of the Gospels of Saint Augustine,” De Hamel notes. Part travel book, part detective story, Christopher de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, collectors and the international community of manuscript scholars, showing us how he pieces together evidence to reach unexpected conclusions. For context, I know nothing about Manuscripts and don't tend to read non-fiction but based off rave reviews (and the fact that the book is beautiful and well made) I decided to give it a go. Encountering an original medieval manuscript is in some ways like encountering a famous person, says De Hamel. The binding, the layout and the lavish illustration make it a pleasure to handle before you even turn to the content,.Mrs Woolf, wife of the manager, is a very celebrated author and, in her own way, more important than Galsworthy. It’s a vanishingly rare pleasure, given the commercial constraints of modern publishing, to handle 600 smoothly weighty pages in which the printed text winds its way seamlessly among more than 200 glorious, often full-color illustrations. Noted authority Christopher de Hamel invites the reader into intimate conversations with these texts to explore what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history – and about the modern world, too. In a marvellous chapter, De Hamel communicates his excitement at holding the famous Chaucer manuscript at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Christopher de Hamel is the author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, winner of both the Wolfson History Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize.

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is, like each one of the 12 treasures it celebrates, a book of marvels. A former librarian of Parker Library at Cambridge and cataloger of illuminated manuscripts for Sotheby’s, de Hamel brings extensive expertise to his meticulous examination of 12 celebrated manuscripts created from the sixth to the 16th century…The book is sumptuously illustrated…A rare, erudite, and delightfully entertaining history. Christopher De Hamel has spent a lifetime in the company of rare manuscripts and in this delight of a book he invites us to meet them with him. Christopher de Hamel has turned a lifelong obsession with ancient literature into a book that critics are comparing to A History of the World in 100 Objects and the wonderful The Hare with Amber Eyes.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is like meeting a very famous person. Deeply imaginative, beautifully written, and unfailingly humane, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts distils a lifelong love of these astonishing historical treasures, which the author brings so vividly to life. An Old English version of the Old Testament, for example, mistranslated Moses’s face as gehyrned, or “horned”.

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